Pinguecula – Are You at Risk?

Pinguecula & polarized sunglass imgPinguecula…did you know…

That without properly protecting your eyes from harmful conditions such as UV rays, wind, and dust, one may be prone to develop pinguecula. Pinguecula is a small, fleshy lump, typically a whitish or yellowish color, that grows on the white part of the eye (called the sclera).

Adults who are exposed a lot to sun and dry or dusty conditions—like construction workers, landscapers, or athletes—are more likely to develop the condition. However, young people who often expose themselves to the sun without proper eye protection are also at risk of developing this malady.

Symptoms of this may include an itching or burning sensation, and occasional redness and inflammation of the eye. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is best to schedule an eye exam with your ophthalmologist. Your eye doctor may recommend prescription eye drops to reduce the symptoms. It is rare for surgery to be recommended as a form of treatment. Fortunately, pinguecula does not cause permanent damage to the eye and does not disqualify you from being a candidate for corrective eye surgery such as LASIK.

So the next time you go outside, whether it’s a cloudy or sunny day, keep those eyes covered and protected with a quality pair of polarized sunglasses!

To schedule a complimentary* 3-D LASIK Exam or to find a nice pair of polarized sunglasses, give our staff a call at 949-951-4641 today!

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